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This article is about the bat creature debuting in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. For the Magikoopa with the nickname "Fang", see Kamek. For the Super Mario RPG attack, see Fangs. For the gear in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story used by Bowser, see List of Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story gear § Fangs.
Official art of a Fang
First appearance Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (1995)
Latest appearance Yoshi's Crafted World (2019)
Variant of Swoop
Notable members

Fangs,[1] also referred to as Bats,[2] are blue bats with the same mannerisms as Swoops. They first appear in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. Fangs are enemies in all of their appearances, and most commonly appear in cave levels. When the player gets too close to a Fang, it will fly towards them from its sleeping position. When Fangs fly, they leave a short dashed line behind them. Yoshi can eat Fangs to create Eggs.


Yoshi's Island series[edit]

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island / Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3[edit]

Fang sprites

Fangs appear in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and its Game Boy Advance version. They try to damage a Yoshi by swooping down at him when he gets too close, and are found in the various cave levels. The Fangs tend to loop around as they fly, although this is inconsistent. The official art depicts them as purple, but in the game itself, they are sky blue.

Yoshi's Island DS[edit]

A Fang from Yoshi's Island DS.

In Yoshi's Island DS, Fangs return, and are classified as Airborne Enemies in the Island Museum. Despite this, Fangs are seen more in cave areas than in open areas. In this game, they first appear is World 3-5, Heeeeeeere's Wario!

Yoshi's New Island[edit]

Fangs once again appear in Yoshi's New Island, with one, named Count Fang, being turning supersized thanks to Kamek's magic mallet, and is the boss of World 2. Count Fang is surrounded by purple Fangs which must be eaten to damage him. Fang's internal filename for this game is "basabasa", sharing this name with Swoop.

Yoshi Touch & Go[edit]

Sprite of a Fang from Yoshi Touch & Go

Fangs are also seen in Yoshi Touch & Go, where they patrol ground areas and appear not only in caves, but also in additional areas such as jungles and fields. These Fangs can only be found sleeping on ceilings in cave stages, and are otherwise always in flight, soaring up and down at varying intervals. If shot down with an egg or stomped, they are worth two points, and encasing them in a bubble can earn the player a Blue Coin. In this game, Fangs are purple, matching their original artwork. On a related note, Fangs were also present in the Balloon Trip tech demo which eventually evolved into the final Yoshi Touch & Go. In Balloon Trip, Fangs were found in the sky (an area they are absent from in Yoshi Touch & Go) and continually circled around; such a role was taken up by red Fly Guys in the final game.

Super Princess Peach[edit]

A Fang from Super Princess Peach

Fangs appear in Super Princess Peach. Once again they are enemies which try to defeat the protagonist, but this time it is Princess Peach instead of Yoshi. They appear along with another variant called Glad Fangs and fly right at Peach instead of just around the screen. In several levels, small versions are grouped in clusters which Peach must remove by using the Rage vibe to scare them away. Their wings are now yellow instead of red, while Glad Fangs have red wings instead.

Yoshi's Woolly World / Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World[edit]

The Fang in the Scrapbook Theater
A Fang in Yoshi's Woolly World

Fangs reappear in Yoshi's Woolly World made out of wool. When the fangs fly they leave long, purple dashed trails in a similar manner to that of running stitch. Fangs also appear in the remake of the game Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World.

Yoshi's Crafted World[edit]

A Fang in Yoshi's Crafted World.
A Fang in Yoshi's Crafted World

Fangs reappear in Yoshi's Crafted World as rare enemies, only appearing in two levels: Whistlestop Rails and Be Afraid of the Dark. Their wings are now purple like those of Swoops.


Yoshi's Island series[edit]

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island / Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3[edit]

  • Shogakukan guide: 洞窟や砦に住むコウモリ。浮き沈みしながら飛んでくるので、うっとおしい。[3] (A bat that lives in caves and forts. It is annoying because it goes up and down as it flies around.)
  • Player's Guide: Fangs favor caves and other dark, damp places. Their erratic flight patterns make them tough to catch.[1]
  • Shogakukan guide (Game Boy Advance version): どうくつやとりでに住むコウモリ。上下にカーブを描くように飛んでくる。[4] (A bat that lives in caves and forts. It flies in a curve up and down.)

Yoshi's New Island[edit]

  • Shogakukan guide: 空を飛ぶコウモリのような敵。水平に飛ぶタイプと、大きな円を描くようにして飛ぶタイプの2種類がいる。動きをよく見て、落ち着いて舌を伸ばそう。[5](Flying bat-like enemies. There are two types: those that fly horizontally and those that fly in large circles. Watch their movements carefully and extend your tongue calmly.)

Yoshi Touch & Go[edit]

  • Shogakukan guide: 画面右から現れ、上下に蛇行しながら飛んでくる。上下移動が大きく、複数で現れることが多いので、早めに倒したい。2匹が対になって飛んできたときは、交差したところをまとめて囲むとよい。[6] (They appear from the right side of the screen and fly in a snaking up-and-down motion. If two of them fly in pairs, you should surround them at the crossover point.)

Super Princess Peach[edit]

  • 72: Attacks from the air.


Additional names[edit]

Internal names[edit]

Game File Name Meaning

Yoshi's New Island basabasa Swoop

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese パサパサ[3][4][6][7]
Japanese onomatopoeia for flying rapidly; also a play off「バサバサ」(Basabasa, Swoop)

French (NOA) Crocs
French (NOE) Fang
German Bei ßerchen[8]
Italian Pipistrillo[9]
Portmanteau of "pipistrello" (bat) and "strillo" (scream)
Korean 파닥파닥[10]
Onomatopoeia for flapping rapidly

Spanish (NOE) Colmiche
From "colmillo" (fang)


  1. ^ a b Miller, Kent, and Terry Munson. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Player's Guide. Page 126.
  2. ^ Williams, Drew. Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3 Player's Guide. Page 17.
  3. ^ a b 「スーパーマリオヨッシーアイランド任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Super Mario: Yossy Island Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook). Page 6.
  4. ^ a b 「スーパーマリオアドバンス3任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Super Mario Advance 3 Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook). Page 19.
  5. ^ 「ヨッシー New アイランド 任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Yoshi's New Island Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook). Page 22Media:Yoshi New Island Shogakukan P22.jpg.
  6. ^ a b 「キャッチ!タッチ!ヨッシー!任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Catch! Touch! Yoshi! Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook). Page 15.
  7. ^ 「ヨッシーアイランドDS任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Yoshi's Island DS Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook). Page 124.
  8. ^ ChallengeTime (Feb 10, 2018). Let's Play Super Princess Peach (Part 22 / ENDE): Grenzenloses Gemüt! 21:49 Youtube. Retrieved October 22, 2021.
  9. ^ JugglingGamer (Jun 1, 2021). yoshi's new island (ITA)-04:dalle stalle alle stelle 38:03 Youtube. Retrieved October 22, 2021.
  10. ^ "요시야, 아직까지도 아기를 도와주고 싶은 거냐? 그렇다면, 어디 파닥파닥 보스를 이겨 보시지!" (Still want to help the baby, Yoshi? Then let's see if you can beat the Fang boss!) - Kamek's quote in World 2-8 of Yoshi's New Island